Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: REUTERS
Former president Nelson Mandela. Picture: REUTERS

It is sad that just a few days after celebrating Mandela Month, we are confronted with instances of racism in our society.

First, it was Julius Malema’s derogatory comments about Indians; and then racism surfaced in coloured communities in Klipspruit. The refusal by some parents to allow a black principal at the local school is a clear indication that we are far from being a rainbow nation.

We took the time in July to honour Madiba, who fought against racial domination, but there is nothing honourable about burning a bus in the name of race. Those who are perpetuating racism in our schools should be ashamed of themselves. Their behaviour is not taking us forward as a country, but backward.

Tom MhlangaBraamfontein

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